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May 2017 Newsletter

What’s New

We hope that you will join us again this May in recognizing Building Safety Month, a public awareness campaign to help the public understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. This year’s theme is Code Officials – Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering evaluation of a construction accident involving heavy equipment and alleging Labor Law violations for a work site located in Dutchess County, NY
  • Structural engineering consultation regarding framing modifications at an Orange County, NY multiple dwelling structure
  • Evaluation of the domestic hot water supply system at a Queens, NY multiple dwelling complex

1 Dead After Carbon Monoxide Found at Hotel Indoor Pool

On April 1st CNN reported  that “a teenage boy died and 14 other people were hospitalized after guests at a southern Michigan hotel were found unconscious around an indoor pool…Fire officials said they believe the cause was carbon monoxide poisoning…Police said that, when they arrived, carbon monoxide levels at the hotel were 800 parts per million, according to CNN affiliate WBND-TV. US standards for carbon monoxide are 35 parts per million for a one-hour exposure…Niles Fire Department Captain Don Wise attributed the incident to a faulty pool heater…”The ventilation system on the heater had issues. The exhaust was not functioning properly,” said Wise”.Stories like the above demonstrate why it is so important to have carbon monoxide detectors installed at premises which are utilizing equipment capable of producing carbon monoxide as a product of combustion.  Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of routine code developments, as well as the availability of new products, systems, and detectors, so that we can keep our clientele informed of such developments which might affect their projects we are working on. In fact, last year we upgraded our own in-office equipment to include “smart products” which will automatically shutdown our HVAC system, and notify key personnel via a smart phone app, immediately upon detecting the presence of smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Do I Need Window Guards?

How Do the Rules Apply to Condos and Co-ops?

On April 13th The Cooperator New York reported that “for apartment buildings, window guards can protect little ones from dangerous and deadly falls. It’s also the law…Under New York City’s Local Law 57 of 2011, apartments whose tenants include young children are required to install window guards. Thus, if you live in a building that has three or more apartments, and a child aged 10 years or younger lives with you, window guards are mandatory–even on the first floor. The landlord is required to install them…However, if you don’t have a child under 10 and you still want window guards, you may request them and the landlord must install them”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, managers, tenant associations, and related real estate entities regarding condominiums, cooperatives, and other types of structures relating to code requirements, property maintenance requirements and standards, and other related property management issues. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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